Becoming more and more fed up of the waste we create as a family, I decided to give making beeswax food wraps a try and as it’s currently plastic free July, now seemed like the perfect time to share this!
What you will need:
Beeswax – grated
100% cotton fabric, cut to various sizes – you could even use old t-shirts!
Baking tray, only to be used for crafts
Grater, only to be used for beeswax
Preheat the oven to around gas mark 3/325°F/150 fan.
Lay the piece of cotton fabric on the tray and grate the beeswax over it.
Pop it in the preheated oven, keeping a close eye on it. Beeswax doesn’t take long to melt at all, maybe just 3-4 minutes so you’ll have to stay near!
When you take it out of the oven, that’s when I like to brush over any visible bit of melted wax, to ensure the whole cotton piece is covered. Before it completely dries, I peel it off the sheet. I waved it around outside for a few seconds until it hardened and then it was ready to use!
I made a few wraps, as they’re pretty quick and simple to make, I thought I’d make the most of the girls napping – haha! I chose to make a few different sizes, as you never know what you might need them for.
Here’s an example of a fold that I’ve learnt to do, it may be a tad easier if the wrap you use is completely square though!
I hope this makes sense:
Firstly, fold the wrap diagonally to make a triangle. Then fold one of the bottom edges just passed the centre. Do the same to the opposite side, tucking it inside the first one you folded. Once you’ve done this, you can then open up the top section, revealing a little pocket to put your sandwich in, snacks, or whatever you like! Then you can fold over the top, to keep it sealed – the best from your hands will help seal it.